Friday, September 18, 2015

Government employees to get reviewed at 50, says DoPT

It is time for Indian bureaucrats to remember school. Or rather, that cold and terrible sweat before exam results.
The performance of those who have either completed 30 years in service or reach 50 years of age, whichever comes earlier, will be reviewed, according to a recent Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) order. Those who get negative reviews will be given a three-month notice to retire.
The DoPT, headed by PM Narendra Modi, has decided to let go of non-performing officers and those with suspect integrity by giving them compulsory premature retirement.
Whenever the services of a public servant are no longer useful to the general administration, the officer can be compulsorily retired for the sake of public interest, said the DoPT circular. For better administration, it is necessary to chop off the dead wood.
The relationship of the NDA government with its employees has seen ups and downs. This is not the first time that the government has sighted rules to ensure transparency. Earlier, the government had amended the All India Service (conduct) Rules, 1968, to include a 19-point guideline for bureaucrats which mandates that they maintain 'political neutrality' and 'take decisions solely in public interest', among other clauses.
Detailed instructions have been issued for reviewing the quarterly performance of officers. The DoPT cited various Supreme Court observations for assessment of such cases. On integrity, the circular quoted the SC: "The officer would live by reputation built around him. In an appropriate case, there may not be sufficient evidence to take punitive disciplinary action of removal from service. But his conduct and reputation is such that his continuance would be a menace to public service and injurious to public interest."
Sighting FR 56(j), the rule pertaining to compulsory retirement, the order has asked every department to set up a two-member review committee which will screen officers and employees based on the internal feedback and yearly appraisal reports.
For Group A officers, secretaries of departments would head review committees. The Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of departments will mark cases where the record reflected adversely on the integrity of the gazetted officer. The CVOs are an extension of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC ). The Government of India has about 45 laky employees.
Service record
For reviews, the entire service record will be considered, DoPT said. An officer could also be appraised on the basis of how she dealt with files or by delving into other documents and reports prepared and submitted by her. The instructions from Cabinet Secretary Pradeep Kumar Sinha also underlined the need for rotating officers working in sensitive and nonsensitive posts.
Our government has always believed in transparency. The PM has assured minimum government and maximum governance. This circular is a step in that direction, minister for department of personnel and training Jitendra Singh said. "It is a welcome step, this will help cleanse the system and ensure that those who have been misusing the system. It is necessary for the government to ensure periodic reviews," said BJP MP and former home secretary RK Singh.
"It is a welcome step by the government. Now the deserving and hard-working will get a chance to get ahead rather than those serving political masters. It will give us an incentive to perform and even go against politicians if the latter want to pressurise us to do something wrong," said a senior Haryana IAS officer posted in Rohtak, requesting anonymity.

But the review needs to be done regularly, say after every ten years. At 50 years, if some officer is let go for wrong conduct, it is hardly a punishment as he or she has had the best of time.

Source :http://m.businesstoday.com

Strengthening of administration-Periodical review under FR 56(j) and Rule 48 of CCS (Pension) Rules, 1972 (click the link below for details)http://ccis.nic.in/WriteReadData/CircularPortal/D2/D02est/25013_01_2013-Estt.A-IV-11092015.pdf


             Government of India
Ministry of Communications & IT
Department of Posts
                                Dak Bhawan, New Delhi
                               Dated:  17th September, 2015.
The Secretary General,
National Federation of Postal Employees,
1st Floor, North Avenue Post Office Building,
New Delhi-110001

The Secretary General,
Federation of National Postal Organisations,
T-24, Atul Grove Road,
New Delhi-110001.

 Subject: Holding of day long Dharna on 22-09-2015 by Postal Joint Council of   
 Action (PJCA) - Regarding.

            I am directed to refer to your Circular No.PF-PJCA/2015 dated 12th August, 2015 on the above mentioned subject and to send herewith the following point wise information relating to the Charter of Demands:-

      (i)     Include GDS in 7th CPC for wage revision and other service related matters:-
 Ministry of Finance has not agreed to the proposal of this Department for inclusion of GDS within the purview of 7th CPC inspite of several attempts. 

(ii)    Implement cadre Restructuring proposal in all cadres including Postal Accounts and MMS in Department of Posts:-

Cadre restructuring proposal of Group ‘C’ employees:  The proposal is pending with the Department of Expenditure, M/o Finance at present.

The Cadre Restructuring proposal of Stenographers cadre is under examination.

Postal Accounts Cadre: Regarding restructuring of Sorter, LDC and DEO cadre in PAO’s, views of both the Associations viz. AIPAEA, BPAOEA have been called for vide letter dated 29th June, 2015. It would be processed further on receipt of necessary inputs from them.

MMS Cadre:  The case of MMS is under process.

(iii)    Fill up vacant posts in all cadres of Department of Posts :-

(a)    As regards vacancies of LDC/JA/Stenographers under DR quota the necessary details have been uploaded on the SSC’s Website.  Further action would be taken on receipt of dossiers from the SSC. 

(b)    Abeyance order dated 27-04-2015 issued in r/o PA/SA DR Exam 2014 has been revoked in 10 Circles namely Andhra Pradesh, Assam, J&K, Karnataka, Kerala, North East, Odisha, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Punjab and these Circles will now be filling up PA/SA DR 2014 held up vacancies.

(c)   Work of conduct of PA/SA DR Exam for the vacancies of 2015-16 has been entrusted to the SSC and in its notification dated 13-06-2015, 3506 vacancies have been announced to be filled up.            Examination is scheduled in the month of November, 2015.
(d)  The necessary instructions have been issued to fill up the vacancies in Postman/Mailguard and MTS cadre and circles are in the process of filling up these vacancies.

(e)    Instructions already exists for filling up of vacant posts of GDS Mail Man.

2.       In view of the fact that all the issues are under active consideration and being processed, the Federations are advised to cancel the Dharna as no useful purpose is served through agitations/dharnas.

Yours faithfully,
( Arun Malik )
Director (SR & Legal)


            Delhi State Association has made elaborate arrangements for holding the AGM in New Delhi on 15-16 October, 2015. 

            The AGM will be held in the Community Centre, R.K.Puram New Delhi.

            The Delegates stay accommodation is in the Vittal Complex opposite to AGM Venue.

            The Reception Committee has in addition to booking the accommodation for AGM and Delegates stay, has arranged for Momento Bags and engaged the big leaders including Shiv Gopal Misra (JCM Staff Side Secretary and AIRF GS); K.K.N.Kutty (Chariman Confederation and JCM Standing Committee Member); M.Krishnan (SG Confederation and JCM Standing Committee Member); R.N.Parashar (SG NFPE); D.Theagarajan (SG FNPO); Pavitra Ranjan Chakraborty (Offtg SG NCCPA); VAN Namboodiri (Patron NCCPA); K.G.Jayaraj (GS AIBDPA); General Secretaries of many All India Unions

            We hope that the recommendations of the 7th CPC will be submitted by 30th September, 2015, even though the Government had extended the period of Pay Commission by four months upto December, 2015. However, whether the report is  published before or not, we are holding the AGM as notified. 

            All CHQ Office Bearers, State General Secretaries, State Convenors of State Associations, District / Divisional Secretaries of AIRPA are Delegates to AGM.

            Other Comrades can also attend as Visitors to the AGM. 

            Good arrangements are being made by the Reception Committee for accommodation and catering and a reasonable delegates fee will be fixed by the reception Committee for delegates except the CMC Members. The Delegate fee has to be borne by the respective States / Districts. 

            The AGM is being held after the 1st AIC at Vellore. Many organisational aspects will be gone into deeply in the AGM besides deciding on a path to be pursued in future for achieving our important issues together with NCCPA and other Pensioners Organisations. 

            All are once again reminded to book their journey reservations to Delhi immediately. State General Secretaries and the State Convenors are requested to inform the CHQ and the Reception Committee about the probable number of Delegates / Visitors expected to attend the AGM to facilitate making arrangements for their stay without any hitch. 

            A detailed circular as well as the invitation will be directly sent to all CHQ Office Bearers and State Associations by the Reception Committee shortly. The State Association General Secretaries are requested to inform all their District / Divisional Secretaries the contents of the Reception Committee Circular as the CHQ and the Reception Committee are not in possession of the full mailing list of District / Divisional Secretaries of all States. 

                                                                                                  General Secretary